*Please review the Important Notes before emailing your request.

Important Notes

  • An Employer Identification Number (EIN) does not automatically grant formal 501(c)(3) status to your house of worship.
  • Listing requirements differ depending on whether your organization is under the 501(c)(3) group exemption of an associated national denomination (i.e. Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc).
  • Having your own EIN separate from the national organization does not preclude it from being included in their group exemption. Please check whether the organization is included in a group exemption before emailing your request.
  • All organizations may only be listed using the name and address as it appears on the IRS issued Federal document. GuideStar cannot create a listing for your organization if it does not have its own EIN.

If your house of worship is included under the group exemption of a national office, (i.e. Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, etc), please email the following documents to getlisted@candid.org:

1. A copy of a letter, on letterhead, from the national organization including their EIN and group exemption number, stating that your house of worship is included in their group exemption. The letter must fit the following specifications:

  • Includes the name, EIN, and address of your house of worship
  • Signed by an authorized representative of the national office, including the signers printed name and title
  • Dated no older than six months at the time of submission to GuideStar.
  • In non-editable PDF format. Word documents are not acceptable. Links to web documents are not acceptable. 

AND

2. A copy of a federal IRS issued document with the name and EIN of your specific house of worship pre-printed on it. IRS EIN Issuance letter, IRS EIN Verification, or IRS correspondence are the only acceptable documents.

  • Self-certifying documents will not be accepted. Your organization may only be listed using the name and address as it appears on the IRS issued federal document. 

You must be a registered GuideStar user to request having your organization listed on GuideStar. Please see the Create a GuideStar Account help article before sending your request.

If your house of worship is not covered under the group exemption of an associated national office, please email the following information to getlisted@candid.org to receive the current listing requirements:

  • Your name and title with the organization
  • House of Worship Name
  • House of Worship EIN
  • House of Worship Address
  • House of Worship Website if available. (If not available please indicate that your organization does not have a website.)
  • Please indicate whether or not your house of worship has ever filed or plans to file an IRS Form 1023 (Application for Recognition of Federal Tax-Exempt Status).

Upon receipt of your email, we will follow up with further guidance about the requirements and required documents to be listed on GuideStar.

Please Note: having your own EIN does not preclude your organization from being included under a group exemption. Please make sure a group exemption does not apply to your organization before sending your request.

You must be a registered GuideStar user to request having your organization listed on GuideStar. Please see the Create a GuideStar Account help article before sending your request.

You may email all requested information to us at getlisted@candid.org. Once received, we will review the documents and follow up as quickly as possible. You will be notified of your application's status after review. We may request further documentation.

If approved, GuideStar imports new nonprofit organizations each Monday morning. If you receive an approval notification, please visit www.guidestar.org after 12:00 EST the following Monday to view your organization's listing.

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